Zellner praises Perez election as national Democratic leader

27 February, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Eileen Guzman
  • Keith Ellison at DNC chair debate in Atlanta

Perez served as Labor Secretary from 2013 to 2017 under the second Barack Obama administration.

Though Ellison placed his support behind Perez after the results, his supporters remained steadfast in their commitment to shakeup the party.

He said Democrats should keep on demanding action to counter the current wave of bomb threats to Jewish community centers along with a Jewish cemetery desecration in St. Louis.

Although some in the party said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the primary fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that seemed to be inevitable as the contest effectively became a two-man race.

The Minnesota congressman spoke of the "earnest work we must do to confront Donald Trump" as well as creating a country where everyone can aspire to a good life.

Haim Saban, the entertainment tycoon who is one of the Democratic Party's largest donors, called Ellison both "anti-Israel" and anti-Semitic.

Perez referred to Donald Trump as the worst president in U.S. History.

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In remarks to the gathering, Ellison stressed the need for a unified party despite the divisions between establishment Democrats who backed Perez and the liberal wing that favoured Ellison.

"The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally 'rigged, '" Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Perez is the first Latino to lead the Democratic Party, and he faces the challenge of trying to rebuild a party that suffered devastating losses in the 2016 election.

After Perez's win, Sanders issued a statement congratulating him but added that the status quo must be changed for Democrats to make electoral advancements.

In comments on his Twitter account, the Republican Trump said he "could not be happier" for Perez, "or for the Republican party".

The Democratic Party suffered a heavy blow at the presidential and Congress elections last November. "He hasn't proposed anything but chaos and carnage", the new chairman said.

Other names catching voter attention include Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg - who has an impressive backing of five former DNC Chairs - South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton-Brown and former FOX News analyst Jehmu Greene.

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